https://www.cknj.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Remembering 9/11 https://www.cknj.com/content/remembering-911 <img src="https://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/zacoakes-color_5.jpg" alt="Reporter Zac Oakes can be reached via email at reporter@cknj.com or through Twitter at @ZacOakesCKNJ" title="Reporter Zac Oakes can be reached via email at reporter@cknj.com or through Twitter at @ZacOakesCKNJ" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Tuesday marked 17 years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, a day that changed our country forever and a date that will forever be marked in infamy.&nbsp;</p> <p> Ask a group of people and it is likely that 99 percent or more can recall where they were and what they were doing when they found out what happened that morning.</p> Political season has arrived! https://www.cknj.com/content/political-season-has-arrived <img src="https://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/zacoakes-color_4.jpg" alt="CKNJ Reporter and columnist Zac Oakes can be reached via email at reporter@cknj.com" title="CKNJ Reporter and columnist Zac Oakes can be reached via email at reporter@cknj.com" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> If you haven&rsquo;t taken a drive around town lately, it is clear to see that political season locally is in full swing.&nbsp;</p> <p> Campaign signs are popping up everywhere it seems, and some are still left over from the May primary. It seems that, locally at least, political season really heats up beginning with the Fourth of July celebration, as candidates for local offices march in the parade or have booths set up.&nbsp;</p> A life-changing experience https://www.cknj.com/content/life-changing-experience <img src="https://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/36961560_2137007599647160_2560165597816029184_n.jpg" alt="Pictured is CKNJ reporter/columnist Zac Oakes at a church in the Dominican Republic. " title="Pictured is CKNJ reporter/columnist Zac Oakes at a church in the Dominican Republic. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Despite how it often seems, I&rsquo;ve long believed that the world is still full of wonderful people doing amazing things on a daily basis.&nbsp;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s hard to see that some days, but that was reaffirmed to me recently as I spent seven days in the Dominican Republic in the city of Santiago, alongside my wife and 19 Lindsey Wilson College students and alumni, working with GO Ministries.&nbsp;</p> Know the score when eating out https://www.cknj.com/content/know-score-when-eating-out <img src="https://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/moreland_jeff-color_2.jpg" alt="CKNJ Publisher Jeff Moreland can be reached via email at publisher@cknj.com" title="CKNJ Publisher Jeff Moreland can be reached via email at publisher@cknj.com" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> If your family is like mine, you probably eat a lot of meals out in restaurants these days.</p> <p> No, it&rsquo;s not about my wife&rsquo;s cooking. She&rsquo;s an excellent cook, and her food is among the best you&rsquo;ll put in your mouth.</p> <p> But we are like many families these days, busy and on the run most of the time to one place or another, and we simply don&rsquo;t take the time to cook a large meal every day. Instead, we grab something at a restaurant and save the time and clean-up work in the kitchen.</p> Our Fourth is fabulous https://www.cknj.com/content/our-fourth-fabulous <img src="https://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/moreland_jeff-color_1.jpg" alt="CKNJ Publisher Jeff Moreland can be reached at publisher@cknj.com" title="CKNJ Publisher Jeff Moreland can be reached at publisher@cknj.com" align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Not being from Campbellsville, I don&rsquo;t have the memories many of you have growing up here.</p> <p> You recall things from 10, 20, 30 or more years ago, and you remember the good old days. However, in some cases, the good old days may not have been as good as the days we are experiencing right now.&nbsp;</p> <p> Take the Fourth of July, for example.</p> We are not "the media" https://www.cknj.com/content/we-are-not-media <img src="https://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/zacoakes-color_3.jpg" alt="CKNJ Reporter Zac Oakes can be reached via email at reporter@cknj.com. " title="CKNJ Reporter Zac Oakes can be reached via email at reporter@cknj.com. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The journalists at the <em>Capital Gazette</em> newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, amaze me. In the face of one of the darkest tragedies one can imagine &ndash; watching their coworkers mercilessly gunned down by a man filled with hatred toward the newspaper and its reporters &ndash; the <em>Capital Gazette</em> staff carried on and published a newspaper the following day. That&rsquo;s exactly what happened last Thursday when five members of the newspaper&rsquo;s staff were killed. And still, the next day, the Capital Gazette put out a paper.</p> Where are our priorities? https://www.cknj.com/content/where-are-our-priorities <img src="https://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/zacoakes-color_2.jpg" alt="Central Kentucky News-Journal Staff Writer Zac Oakes can be reached at reporter@cknj.com or through his Twitter account at @ZacOakesCKNJ" title="Central Kentucky News-Journal Staff Writer Zac Oakes can be reached at reporter@cknj.com or through his Twitter account at @ZacOakesCKNJ" align="left" hspace="6" width="76" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> What if I told you that more than a thousand people recently died on American soil due to a natural disaster?&nbsp;</p> <p> You would probably be shocked, right? Disturbed? You would probably be wondering why it hasn&rsquo;t been all over the news, why there weren&rsquo;t massive operations to provide relief to those affected.&nbsp;</p> The stories of our veterans https://www.cknj.com/content/stories-our-veterans <img src="https://www.cknj.com/sites/www.cknj.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/elwoodsquires.jpg" alt="Elwood Squires waves as he speaks with those in attendance at the Memorial Day celebration Monday near the Taylor County War Memorial." title="Elwood Squires waves as he speaks with those in attendance at the Memorial Day celebration Monday near the Taylor County War Memorial." align="left" hspace="6" width="76" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Monday was Memorial Day, and I was fortunate enough to spend it covering the local celebration of the veterans who have served our nation and represented our community so honorably as they did so.</p> <p> As the event was winding down, I spoke with a gentleman who was dressed in full Air Force uniform, despite the fact that his service ended nearly 63 years ago.</p>